With climate change continuing to dominate the news agenda, it’s no wonder that awareness of environmental issues is on the rise.
Concerns about sustainability and the impact of plastics have led to an increased demand for ecologically-sound fabrics which still deliver in terms of performance and durability.
Fortunately, the industry complies with a certification system called Oeko-Tex, which means that the majority of fabrics meet stringent environmental standards relating to production, sustainability and ecology.
Below, you can discover the benefits of Oeko-Tex certification and understand why it results in fabrics that are kind to the skin as well as being kind to the planet.
What is Oeko-Tex?
Oeko-Tex is an environmental certification system relating to the entire textile production process. In order for a product to be awarded Oeko-Tex’s ‘Standard 100’ certificate, it must undergo rigorous testing which ensures its production process is safe both for the environment and for the people who come into contact with the product. A fabric can only be awarded an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificate if it meets a strict set of environmental criteria which go far beyond the necessary legal requirements.
The end result? Peace of mind for both the client and the end user.
Why should the fabrics you choose have Oeko-Tex certification?
With the rise in awareness of green issues comes demand for products that reflect these important environmental concerns. When you select fabrics with the Oeko-Tex stamp of environmental integrity you can rest assured that you are making an eco-friendly choice.
Oeko-Tex certification controls the use of chemicals used in the production process, as well as ensuring that there are no harmful substances remaining in the end product which could irritate or damage the skin.
It puts consumer safety and environmental responsibility at the heart of textile manufacturing. By selecting an Oeko-Tex certified fabric you can be reassured that you are making a safe and environmentally-friendly choice for your design requirements.
What is it about Oeko-Tex certified fabrics that makes them eco-friendly?
Oeko-Tex certification means that environmental factors are given careful consideration at every stage of the production process. In terms of manufacturing, Oeko-Tex fabrics are produced in environmentally-friendly mills.
This means that the use of chemicals is closely monitored and any environmental impacts are kept to a minimum. And you’ll be pleased to hear that when Oeko-Tex certified fabrics are washed, they do not release any harmful residues.
Why FR-One fabrics are kind to both the skin and the planet
When choosing fabrics for use in the hospitality sector, a key factor is to consider any detrimental effects they may have on the skin. As part of our Oeko-Tex certification, we can guarantee that all of FR-One’s fabrics are entirely safe for skin contact. Through rigorous testing, it has been proved that no harmful chemicals are released from our fabrics.
As well as adopting the environmental measures discussed above, we go above and beyond with our own additional CSR initiatives.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have created our very own FR-One forest.
On an area of land close to our headquarters near Antwerp in Belgium, we have planted 6,700 trees as part of our pledge to reduce our ecological footprint.
Staff are encouraged to visit the forest to enjoy the calming effects of nature and to see how our trees are coming along.
It is all part of our unique approach to the challenge of combating environmental impact.
This is also why FR-One fabrics give you peace of mind – safe in the knowledge that you are being kind to the planet while choosing a highly effective, market-leading product.